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Through the grace of the Almighty and your generosity we are working hard to make an impact to those less fortunate during this period. The need to assist the most vulnerable during this period continues to increase .

SANZAF operations across the country are working hard to assist the less fortunate, sick and elderly through coordinated efforts with local organisations and regional municipalities.

We urge you to assist us by contributing any amount to our efforts.

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Thursday 26 March 2020


Operation SA and the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) have launched an emergency fundraising drive to assist with essential food items to the vulnerable and destitute during the 21-day national lockdown.

The two NPO’s have called on South Africans to “dig deep into their pockets.”

In a joint statement, Operation SA’s Yusuf Abramjee and SANZAF’s National Executive Board member and past Chairman, Shauket Fakie said “it was time for a collective response to the emergency.”

Discussions have taken place with the Acting Gauteng Social Development MEC, Panyaza Lesufi and officials.

“For this initiative, we will be calling for non-Zakah donations from the public and sourcing the essential items from manufacturers and wholesalers. These products will be delivered directly to the central Gauteng Government warehouse in Johannesburg from where it will be packaged and distributed by the Department and distributed to the most vulnerable areas”, said Fakie.

Abramjee appealed to companies also to come forward and donate essential items. We need many, many truckloads. The need is massive”. The two organizations said they have a 100 percent donation policy.

A team of representatives from Operation SA and SANZAF will oversee the collection and distribution of the essential items in partnership with the Gauteng Social Services Department. They visited the warehouse this afternoon and said: it’s all systems go. All distribution will be done by the Social Development Department.

Fakie, former SA Auditor General, said “we will have checks and balances in place with the Gauteng Government to ensure the aid reaches those in need and that all processes are followed.” Fakie and Abramjee will oversee the team, assisted by Operation SA’s Yaseen Theba and Ibrahim Dockrat from Laudium Disaster Management and SANZAF’s Gauteng Regional Chairperson, Amina Gani and Gauteng Regional Manager, Imtiaz Jhetam. Theba will co-ordinate logistics and operations of deliveries to the warehouse.

MEC Lesufi said: “The poor deserve care and support especially during this 21 days of shutdown. We welcome this partnership.” Lesufi said the essentials required include: Maize meal, Samp, Instant soft porridge, Cooking Oil, Pilchard, Soya, Sugar, Beans, Salt and Multi-Purpose Bar Soap.

Abramjee said the #OperationCovid19 fund has kicked-off with R50 000 thanks to a donation from Laudium Disaster Management.

Multichoice has announced that it would contribute R400 000 in food supplies- “This is a critical intervention in aid of the most vulnerable” Calvo Mawela, CEO MCG.

Another such proudly South African company that has already contributed R100,000 to this cause is Profmed Medical Aid. Its CEO, Craig Comrie says, "We #BelieveInSouth Africa, her people and we are committed to contributing to our community and digging deep, while we are all exposed to this most unprecedented of circumstances. Thank you to Operation SA and SANZAF."

Fakie and Abramjee called on other NGOs and charities to feel free to join the drive and donate to the fund.

“We are all in this together. Let’s work together to make sure the aid reaches the many in need and urgently.”

Donations can be made to:
SANZAF Fordsburg
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Fordsburg
Branch Code: 250655
Account No: 62283944463
Reference: Your Details & COVID19

Online donations can also be made on the SANZAF website at

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Important Notice - COVID-19


SANZAF honours volunteer for 25 years of service

The South African National Zakah Fund is extremely thankful to be able to attract dedicated and passionate volunteers.

Every year we celebrate the commitment and loyalty of the people that dedicate their time to SANZAF.

Earlier today, we had the opportunity to honour Saarah Sakildien who volunteered and taught children and adults alike to recite the holy Quran. She was also part of the outreach and fundraising iniatives in the Western Cape.

The 25 years of service plaque was presented to her

to commemorate her commitment and loyalty.

The recognition of service was awarded by SANZAF’s CEO Yasmina Francke.

*The Dawah and Tarbiyyah is an integral part of the SANZAF Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme and forms part of the Islamic Studies Pillar. 

The Messenger of Allah said: “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it” (al – Bukhari)

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Pictured from left to right Yasmina Francke, Saarah Sakildien, Insaaf Osman and Faeza Govind

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What’s Going On?

The current financial year ends on 29 February 2020, which means tax payers only have a month to ensure they get a tax benefit from making a donation to an approved non-profit organisation.

How Do I Get a Tax Benefit from Making a Donation?

SANZAF is registered as a Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation (PBO number 930001714). As a result of this registration, SANZAF is authorized by SARS to issue its donors with a Section 18A tax certificate/receipt upon request. This will allow the donor to claim their donations as a tax deduction. In this way, as a donor, you are able to assist SANZAF help those displaced from their businesses and homes and also obtain a tax benefit in doing so. 

How does it work?

Donors can obtain a tax deduction (limited to 10% of their taxable income in a fiscal year) in respect of the total donations made to approved organisations such as SANZAF. In order to do so the donation has to be supported by a receipt from SANZAF.

As an example, if a donor earns R100 000 taxable income per annum and during that year had donated R10 000 to a PBO then the donor qualifies for a tax deduction of R10 000 from their total taxable income. This means that in this example, the donor would not have to pay tax on R100 000 (total taxable income for the year) but rather R90 000 (R100 000 – donation of R10 000) for that year.

What Do I Do?

  1. Make a contribution to one of our many projects or programmes which change lives locally.
  2. Then claim a Section 18A certificate by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ticking the Section 18A box on our online donation form.
  3. One of our dedicated staff from the accounts department will be sure to send you your section 18A certificate.
  4. This can be used when filing your tax return to claim your deduction as a tax benefit

Remember only contributions made to local causes and projects qualify as a tax deduction, any gratuitous cash or in kind donation made to SANZAF for the undertaking of qualifying public benefit activities within South Africa can be claimed as an income tax deduction by the donor.  Donations to an organisation that uses the money for a cause outside of Africa do not qualify for a Section 18A certificate. Your contribution must have been made in the current financial year to qualify as a deduction on upcoming tax return.

What Does This Mean?

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